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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:16 pm
by bert425
really great update, Bill.

makes me want to make an effort to get to Universal in Orlando. . . hmmmm. . maybe I can convince Nick to do that for "our" vacation in 2020, since he's dragging a bit on my proposed Manhattan/Broadway trip.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:23 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

I must have caught Hulk on a bad day this year. It blew me away in late 2017. It felt like Kumba. This September, it was still smooth but not as wild, even in the back.

And thank you for reaffirming my decision to skip Fast and Furious. I hated the scene on Hollywood's tram tour and this one sounded even worse. You were spot on it would be exceptional as a coaster or Test Track type ride.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:12 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
coasterbill wrote:- Butterbeer is ridiculously delicious. I'd never pay that much for a non-alcoholic beverage anywhere else on the planet but Universal... shut up and take my money.

This x1000.

Fun day at Universal!

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:35 pm
by Satans Hockey
I'm partial to the frozen butterbeer. I know they have a hot version right now but we didn't try that when we were down there.

Absolutely agree about the fast and the furious ride, it's amazing how they screwed up something as simple that should have been 2 cars racing. That party scene at the club is beyond ridiculous and easily one of the worst things I've ever seen. I like pretty much every ride I've been on at Universal but there's no way I'd ever go on that one again.

I enjoyed Kong too but I think my problem with it is that it could have been so much more and the start of the ride and end of it teases how much better the ride could have been with some more practical effects. Driving up to the giant entrance doors at night with the torches lit up around it is so damn cool.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:30 am
by coasterbill
Satans Hockey wrote:I'm partial to the frozen butterbeer. I know they have a hot version right now but we didn't try that when we were down there.


Same :lol:

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:23 am
by PKI Jizzman
Hulk has been around for so long and is at an insanely popular park, so I guess that's why it doesn't get talked about much? Even on my first trip to Universal I kind of... forgot about it a little. It's such a great ride. Nonstop action, looks amazing, goes upside down more than you'd realize, and has more than just inversions.

Glad you had a great time! Verbolten is one of my favorite coasters, so I'm going to loooove Hagrid's Motorbikes. Right there with you regarding Gringott's - it's in my list of #1 coasters and there's so much to see. I can't wait to visit now that I have actually read all the books :lmao:

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:51 pm
by teacherkim
bert425 wrote:really great update, Bill.

makes me want to make an effort to get to Universal in Orlando. . . hmmmm. . maybe I can convince Nick to do that for "our" vacation in 2020, since he's dragging a bit on my proposed Manhattan/Broadway trip.


Bert you should definitely consider Universal, there would be so much for Nick to do and see if he isn't feeling up to all the rides, and lots of rides that he could handle. Also, if you stay on property it would be pretty easy for him to go back to the hotel early and let you stay a bit longer at the park if he's getting tired. Now that we have been there a few times and did HHN this year we are considering it for a family Christmas trip next year since there will be stuff for Grandma and Grandpa to do there. We took Grandpa to CP last summer but he mostly walked around with his mouth hanging open ;) I think he would ride some stuff at Universal. Interested to read about everyone's experiences during Christmas/New Years week.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:02 pm
by Jew
coasterbill wrote:
Satans Hockey wrote:I'm partial to the frozen butterbeer. I know they have a hot version right now but we didn't try that when we were down there.


Same :lol:


Warm is definitely my preference when I’m feeling the need to drink cream soda with lord knows how much extra sugar they put in to make it delicious

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:05 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Butterbeer is definitely the result of a magic spell:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:13 pm
by Nrthwnd
Here's a Butterbeer Cocktail a local place near us, conjures up...

Butterbeer

A traditional wizarding beverage that will have you speaking parseltongue in no time! | Butterscotch Schnapps, Root Beer, Liquid Ice Cream, *magic stuff*, can be made dairy-free (2 oz)



=) They also pull off, a pretty good Romulan Ale, too.